Did you make this? Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram at @thrivinghome so we can see your creations and cheer you on!

sloppy joes

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

In just minutes, this vegetable-infused, tangy-sweet meat mixture comes together into something the whole family will enjoy. Make Instant Pot Sloppy Joes ahead of time for a simple drop-and-go meal for busy nights.

Yield: 8+ Sandwiches 1x
Prep: 20Cook: 5Total: 25 minutes


  • 2 tables avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 teaspoons all-natural steak seasoning (recommend: Weber Montana Steak Seasoning which has all recognizable ingredients)
  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped or finely shredded
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural Worcestershire sauce (recommend: Lea Perrin’s brand, which is all-natural and gluten-free)
  • 4 (8-ounce) cans unsalted tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese*

*Omit if making a dairy-free version.

Before You Begin! If you make this, please leave a review and rating letting us know how you liked this recipe! This helps our business thrive & continue providing free recipes.


Make It Now:

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “Sauté.” Pour 1 tablespoon of the oil into the pot and heat until shimmery. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, for 2 minutes. Add the steak seasoning and 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup and stir to combine with the meat. Cook until the beef is no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes more. Transfer the beef to a paper towel—lined plate and wipe out the pot.
  2. Pour the remaining 1 tablespoon oil into the pot and heat until shimmery. Add the onion, carrot, garlic, vinegar, and Worcestershire. Cook, stirring, until the veggies are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Press “Cancel.”
  3. Return the beef to the pot and add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Stir to combine.
  4. Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes, then quick release the pressure. Taste and season with salt and pepper. (Freezer meal instructions begin here.)
  5. Position the top oven rack about 6 inches below the broiler. Preheat the broiler.
  6. Place the buns on a baking sheet with the insides facing up. Broil the buns for 1 to 2 minutes, until golden. Watch carefully so they do not burn.
  7. There will be a lot of liquid in the mixture, so use a large slotted spoon to scoop it onto the toasted bun bottoms. Top each with a slice of cheese, cover with the tops of the buns, and serve.

Freeze For Later: Follow Step 1-3. Let the meat mixture fully cool, then freeze in a freezer bag or container. Freeze along with the buns and cheese slices to create a meal kit.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the meal kit. Rewarm the meat mixture in the Instant Pot on the Low slow cooker setting or in the microwave, stirring occasionally. 


Stovetop Instructions: You can make this quickly on the stovetop using these instructions.

Gluten-Free Version: To make this gluten-free, use gluten-free buns and a gluten-free Worcestershire Sauce like the Lea Perrin’s brand.

Dairy-Free Version: This recipe is mostly dairy-free. Just omit adding a slice of cheese at the end or use a dairy-free cheese slice, if you’d like.

Beef Substitutions: You can also use ground turkey or ground chicken for this recipe, instead of ground beef.

© Author: Thriving Home
Cuisine: American Method: Instant Pot